Erling Haaland will face his former club in the group match of the UEFA Champions League
Manchester City appeared to be a team with high ambitions this season, and their new signing Erling Haaland has depicted his goal-scoring instincts. With ten goals in six matches and two in the Champions League, the Citizens have been considered favorites for this season’s Champions League. However, how things play out in the later stages of this competition remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, Dortmund have made a good start to the season and will strive to build on it. Despite the loss of new signing Sebastian Haller, the German club have overcome instability and adversity and will be ready to face Manchester City on Wednesday night.
Manchester City form (all competition): W D W W D W
Borussia Dortmund form (all competition): W L W W W L
Injury and team news
Kyle Walker and John Stones were sidelined with minor injuries, and Guardiola has yet to confirm whether they will play in this game. While fellow center-back Aymeric Laporte remains unavailable with an injury. Guardiola will have to make another lineup change because his forwards Julian Alvarez and Riyad Maharez will not be available for the match. Lapote is back in Manchester City training.
Dortmund have no injury concerns, as they will only be without Hazard, who was limped off after a 15-minute cameo against Copenhagen, though there is a chance he will be available for the game. Other long-term absentees include Gregor Kobel, Sebastien Haller, Mahmoud Dahoud, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, and Mateu Morey.
Players to watch
Erling Haaland has been the missing piece in Manchester City’s jigsaw puzzle. Since he arrived in England, the Norwegian has been ruthless in his goal-scoring, opening his Champions League account with a brace in a 4-0 flailing of Sevilla. Hopefully, he will be derived to make a significant contribution when he faces his former club.
Bellingham has become an indispensable part of Dortmund, and his presence on the field contributes greatly to the German club. He has been an orchestra from midfield, reading the game very well and dictating the play. He has been instrumental in Dortmund’s goals and will be a key figure in Wednesday’s match against Manchester City.
Manchester City: 2
Borussia Dortmund: 1
Manchester City predicted lineup:
Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Akanji, Gomez; Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Foden, Haaland, Grealish
Borussia Dortmund predicted lineup:
Meyer; Meunier, Sule, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro; Ozcan, Bellingham; Brandt, Reus, Reyna; Modeste
Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund: Prediction
Manchester City appears to be a cold-hearted team; showing no compassion and scoring many goals have become their routine. However, they have raised the bar so high that they have become an unstoppable force in Europe, and the addition of Erling Haaland have made them an immortal team.
While Dortmund will be missing many valuable players, and it will be complicated for them to compete with the caliber of Manchester City on their turf, a win for Manchester City is inevitable.
Prediction: Manchester City 3-0 Borussia Dortmund